John Wooden (and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

John Wooden was a great man and a great coach. He won, as men’s basketball coach at UCLA, 10 national titles in 12 years. Yet, developing young men was more of his focus. This blog post points to some things we can learn from ‘The Wizard of Westwood’ and some pictures.

Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is something I had/used as a young coach in the 1980’s.   

 Pyramid webpage ~ Main website.

He lived from 1910 to 2010. Here’s a blog post. I love the picture of (old-age) Wooden and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Jabbar (of course) went on to win multiple NBA titles.  He has become an influential and positive force/advocate in our society since. He can be found on Twitter.

Google will take you to many more resources and informationa about John Wooden and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle – H3 Leadership

3 Traites for Leadership: 20 Habits to Build Your Leadership On

H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick is the result of experience and a lot of reflection. And we would be foolish not to benefit from it.

When he reflected on the habits that propelled him forward he came up with twenty and organized them around 3 important questions every influencer must ask:

HUMBLE: Who am I?
HUNGRY: Where do I want to go?
HUSTLE: How will I get there?

The answers to these questions help you to become a change agent. And the habits associated with each of these questions create the playbook for your leadership journey. Lomenick says that your leadership success if built upon habitual work. “It is worked out every day in the tasks we complete, the ways we approach our work, and the rhythms we nurture in our lives. It hangs on the hooks of the patterns we create, not just the success we may stumble upon.”

Most of the actions we take during the day are habits. So we must be intentional about what habits we develop and why.

In brief, here are the twenty habits with Lomenick’s comments:

HUMBLE   [Who am I?]

Self-Discovery: Know who you are
“Developing a habit of self-discovery means creating intentional rhythms whereby one observes who he is, listens to his life, and strives to define himself apart from his professional assignments. This habit helps a leader connect to an organization without being consumed by it.”

Openness: Share the real you with others
“People would rather follow a leader who is always real versus a leader who is always right.”

Meekness: Remember it’s not about you
“Meekness is not weakness. It’s power under control. It’s ambition grounded with humility and lived out in confidence, not arrogance.”

Conviction: Stick to your principles
“Your private life determines your public legacy.” And consider this: “Most leaders assume they know what their most closely held convictions are, a false assumption that keeps them from ever naming them.”

Faith: Prioritize your day so God is first
“A habit of faith is that one thing you can’t afford to not have on the journey. It reminds you that there is a bigger story of which yours is only a part.”

Assignment: Live out your calling
“There is a marked difference between a calling and an assignment, and failing to recognize it is a one-way ticket to the frustration station.”

HUNGRY    [Where do I want to go?]

Ambition: Develop an appetite for what’s next
“Never satisfied, but always content is the posture of a properly ambitious leader.”

Curiosity: Keep learning
“If you’re not learning, you’re not leading to your full potential.” He recommends: “Find people who are so different they make you uncomfortable, and then spend more time with them than you’d prefer to.”

Passion: Love what you do
“If you do not nurture enthusiasm, it will naturally diminish over time. Leaders can’t inspire others unless and until they are inspired themselves. Your team feeds off your energy, for better or worse. Leaders are organizational health risks or assets.”

Innovation: Stay current, creative, and engaged
“The first step to developing this habit is realizing that innovation in part has nothing to do with you; rather, it is determined by those you have around you.”

Inspiration: Nurture a vision for a better tomorrow
“A habit of inspiration is nurtured in the casting, not just the crafting of vision.”

Bravery: Take calculated risks
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

HUSTLE    [How will I get there?]

Excellence: Set standards that scare you
“The goal is to set and standard that scare you to death and then continue trying to raise that standard. Excellence is ultimately about effort. Excellence requires always being one step ahead.”

Stick-with-it-ness: Take the long view
“My friend Robert Madu says it this way: In a culture where quitting is normal, be crazy enough to stay committed, foolish enough to be faithful, and stupid enough to stick with it!”

Execution: Commit to completion
“Some of us need to put down the megaphone and just grab a shovel. Little less talk, and a lot more action.”

Team Building: Create an environment that attacks and retains the best and brightest
“If you combine a positive work environment with regular delightful experiences, you’ll take a giant step toward raising up a dream team.”

Partnership: Collaborate with colleagues and competitors
“A habit of partnership means that as a leader you are willing to come to the end of your organizational self and see a bigger vision and picture beyond just what you’re working on. Be willing to sacrifice for someone else’s benefit. True collaboration involves giving as much as getting.”

Margin: Nurture healthier rhythms
“The goal of my reordering was not just to create a better schedule, but to create margin. The more margin in your life, the more room you have to let your rhythms run. Margin is a powerful habit. It creates opportunities.”

Generosity: Leave the world a better place
“Whatever you possess—the classic formulation is ‘time, treasure, talent’—should be given away liberally and not hoarded. This is what a habit of generosity looks like, and it is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll leave the world a better place than you found it. For me it always begins and ends around the issue of stewardship, which describes the act of watching over someone else’s things. It helps remind me that I am not he owner, but only the manager of all I have.”

Succession: Find power in passing the baton
“Too many leaders grab their jobs with an unrelenting death grip. But part of every influencer’s responsibility is to boldly build something magnificent and then humbly hand it off to others. The best way to shore up your legacy is to effectively hand it off to your successors.”

Great material to go back to again and again.

Lifeline Productions – the comic strip of Radio

This site has a long list of 60-second audio comic strips.  Each has a life (Christian) message. – Downloadable clips. #Humor #Funny

Nice list giving the Title, the Situation, and the Key Line.

The Best of list is the top 52 (most popular) clips.

A few of my favorites are House on Fire, Give It All, and Kids Today.

Priorities (example)

This has many potential uses.

  • Discussion starter for Youth Group or Sunday School or Bible Study.
  • Tweetable.
  • Can embed on webpages (as I’ve done above).

The Power of “Now”

5 great ideas from Tim Price. The first one I hope I can use: Replace the word “but” with now.

E.g., “You made a good effort on this, now let’s see if we can add fractions with the common denominator.”

This emphasizes the growth mindset (as apposed to the fixed mindset)


“Now” is a simple word.  But it can have so much power in our lives.  Here are five ways to allow this word to help you live stronger:


When you are helping a child grow in skill and experience, replace the word “but” with now.  Here’s an example:

Coach / Parent to a child: “You did a great job, but…[you didn’t do this or you need to do this or fill in the blank”

At the moment you insert “but” the child has forgotten everything you have said that was positive.  Try replacing “but” with “now.”

Coach / Parent to a child:  “You did a great job, now…[try this, add this, let’s see if you can, fill in the blank]”

You have just invited the child to accept the praise as you are adding in the helpful critique.  You’re helping to raise the child to a new level, a new bar.  You are critiquing and challenging at the same time.

This process works with adults as well.

“You are doing great work on this project, now I want to take a minute to show you the next step.”

It’s a wonderful word to bring about a positive change in people.


“Now” is very important in relationships.  When you are in the present, the here and now, you are fully engaged. As the old saying goes, “the past is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, but today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.”  A little trite, but so true.  One of the best gifts you can give in your relationships in “now.”  It will transform the way you interact with your team, your family, your coworkers, your spouse and in every aspect of life.   Trust is the foundation of a great relationship and when those closest to you can trust you to act now, then you will keep building on it.


Do you have a desire for something?  Is there something you’ve always wanted to do?  “Now” can help you transform your dream and vision into a reality.   Do something – today – that will move you closer to your dream.  Take a step right now – this very moment.  Make a decision.  Read something about where your dream might take you. Call and set up lessons or tutoring. Take a risk.  Exercise.  Eat better right now.  No matter how big your dream is, you can take one small step right now.  Acting on it now is powerful.


Personal growth and discipline doesn’t always come natural for us.  We typically have to be pretty determined to exercise, read, develop our gifts and stick with it.  Procrastination creeps up on us so slowly, at times we don’t realize it.  Want to grow in discipline – now is the time.  Thinking about sending a note, calling a person, cleaning your desk?  Do it now.  If you have time to think about it, you probably have time to start it.


The key to living a content life can be found in Philippians 4:12.  Paul writes that he has learned to be content in plenty and in want, rich or poor, hungry or well fed.  The summary: Paul is totally fine with the here and now no matter what it brings.  We must be grateful for what we have now and this brings us true contentment.   This isn’t always easy, which is why he writes verse 13 – but I can do this through Christ who gives me strength.

Now is a a very powerful little word. Utilize it.